Henry Melton, 70, husband of Willie Bell Duncan Melton, departed this life on Friday, February 24, 2012 at his resident. Born in Sumter County on August 21, 1941, he was the son of the late Frank Melton, Sr. and Carola Jenkins Melton.
Henry was educated in the public schools of Lee County. After graduating from high school, he moved to Patterson, N. J., where he met and married Willie Bell Duncan. He was a member of the A M E New Zion Church. He was first employed with Barnert Hospital, and later he was employed with Hasbrook Heights until retirement. After retiring, he relocated back to Sumter on January 9, 2006.
Henry was a man full of life. He enjoyed his family and spending quality time with his grandchildren telling stories about his childhood days. He had a deep love for his family and friends. In return, his family and friends loved him. He would never complain, but always had a humble and quiet spirit.
He leaves to cherish his memory and celebrate his life: his wife Willie Bell Duncan Melton; three daughters, Shirlene Melton and Shavonne Melton, both of Sumter, Carola Melton (Mark) Beach of Winston Salem, N. C.; two sons, Henry Melton, Jr. of Sumter and Timothy Melton of Patterson, N. J.; two sisters, Martha Vaughn of Sumter and Ollie Mae Dixon of Woodrow; one brother, Herbert (Irene) Melton of Sumter; one special nephew, whom he affectionately call Junebug, Robert 9Nether) Melton; thirteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
He was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from the St. Paul Holiness Church, 129 ½ West Moore Street, Sumter, with the Elder Barrington Pierson, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Thomas Duncan, Rev. Theresa Duncan and Minister Timothy Vaughn.
The family is receiving friends at the family home 45 Melton Lane, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The funeral cortege will leave from the family home at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be family and friends.